Bell Ringers

Bell Ringer: The Amish and Education

Amish Education

Why don't the Amish go to school past the eighth grade?


Amish communities are exempt from federal laws requiring children to attend school until they reach a certain age. The Amish provide schooling until the eighth grade, after which point youth begin learning a vocation and/or working full time.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What have teachers in Amish communities said about the possibility of continuing school past the eighth grade?
  • Why can't individual Amish communities simply start adding more grades to their schools?
  • What did Lloyd Smucker have to do in order to go to high school?
  • What did Smucker say he learned from growing up in an Amish community?

Additional Resources



    • Amish
    • Communitarian
    • Public Schools
    • Wisconsin V. Yoder




    High School